“As the only children's hospital in the state you see EVERYTHING! And Arkansas loves its children's hospital. I feel like a hero just for working here!"
Sam Selby, D.O.
Med School: U. North Texas
Seasonal Social Events
- All Year Round
Housestaff and faculty are invited to send off the graduating residents with a bang! During this banquet, the graduating residents are honored (and embarrassed a little) at their last official residency function in mid June. This banquet is always a lot of fun, but is a sad reminder of the parting of people who have become close friends.
Intern Welcome Dinner
All new interns and their families are invited to a local restaurant where they are welcomed by the Program Director, Department Chairman, Chief Residents, other members of the housestaff, and other members of the faculty. This also serves as a way for the intern class to meet one another so that they can organize impromptu meetings during the remainder of intern orientation.
Department of Pediatrics Night at the Travelers Game
Toward the end of June, the Department of Pediatrics invites all faculty and residents to attend a Travelers Game at Dickey-Stevens Baseball park. We will rent out a the pavilion on the right field side to grill and eat and then reserve a section of seats for everyone to enjoy the game. Families are welcome and this is another chance for the new intern class to meet the people they will be working with for the remainder of the year.
Each year the Razorbacks have 1-2 games in Little Rock. Residents get together around the stadium during those games to experience tailgating SEC style!
Starting Wednesday night and lasting through Friday afternoon, the Chief Residents, Program Director, and Program Coordinator will take the entire intern class to a 4 H camp outside of Little Rock to participate in team building events with plenty of free time to have fun! During these two days in September, upper level residents, fellows, and attendings cover the intern class’s responsibilities at the hospital.
All the fried food you can eat is available at the state fair every October! Residents meet up at the hospital at least once during the fair and carpool out to the fair to eat all the fried foods they can. Hopefully all that food stays down during the rides!
Every year a resident hosts a Halloween party at their house. Families come early and the party usually lasts late! Costumes are of course a prerequisite and are often quite different from those worn in the hospital during the day! Groups of residents have been known to visit the Chairman’s house for trick or treating!
Every winter an attending will host a chili cook-off at their house. Three attendings function as judges and residents and other faculty members will bring their chili creations to be sampled by everyone. Families are welcome and depending on the weather outdoor activities are used to burn off all the chili. At the end of the day a champion is crowned and gets to spend the remainder of the year bringing chili to the hospital on cold winter days!
Department of Pediatrics Christmas Party
The yearly Department Christmas party has grown over the last several years now having cocktails and a band or DJ. This is a good chance to see the attendings let their hair down!
At the December Housestaff meeting residents open gifts from their “secret Santa” (chosen the previous month) in front of the rest of the housestaff. The gifts tend to be quite humorous, and Santa’s cheeks aren’t the only ones that are red by the end of the day!
Progressive Christmas Party
This party train starts at one attendings house with appetizers, moves to another with entrees, and finishes at a third with drinks and deserts! The party usually lasts well into the night and is attended by both residents and attendings.
Our large group of residents & attendings gather together for a day of fun, food and kickball. As the temperature warms up we get together to enjoy the great outdoors, visiting with families and a competitive game of kickball. Residents are this year's champs!
Second Year Retreat
Due to popular demand after our intern retreat, we added a yearly Second Year Retreat in 2008. Held in May, this 24 to 36 hour retreat is geared toward getting ready for a career in pediatrics but of course still has plenty of time for fun!
All Year Round
Our Fitness Center arranges quite a variety of intramural sporting activities for ACH Employees and residents. They include racquetball, basketball, volleyball, wallyball, kick ball, indoor soccer, wiffle ball, among others. Residents are big participators in this event and our teams have done quite well this year!
As a standing outing, our residents get together at a local establishment to play interactive trivia games and have fun!
Most of our resident get-togethers aren’t planned!